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Commonwealth Secretary General congratulates the Prime Minister

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Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her re-election as Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

In a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister, he wrote, ‘The Commonwealth Secretariat stands ready to support you as Prime Minister of Bangladesh to continue your important work.’

‘I am pleased to write to you after your re-election as Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.’ Referring to this, he said, ‘Please accept my warmest congratulations and best wishes as you assume your new term of office.’

Referring to Bangladesh as a valued member of the Commonwealth family, Patricia Scotland said, ‘Our diverse nations are bound by common values ​​reflected in our Charter, including peace, democracy and sustainable development.’

He noted that Bangladesh’s active participation and leadership in the Commonwealth is widely appreciated by its members. These include ocean stewardship and climate change, digital innovation, trade and investment, youth, gender equality and mental health.

“We look forward to continuing and building on this cooperation to support Bangladesh in achieving its full range of priorities during your fifth term as Prime Minister.”

The Commonwealth Secretary General said that he is aware of the historical journey of Bangladesh for freedom, democracy and development.
“I am encouraged by the approach you have taken after taking charge, which emphasizes the principles of transparency and accountability,” he said.

In this context, he also recalled Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s advice ‘friendship with all, enmity with none’.
“These values ​​are reflected in our Commonwealth Charter, which calls for tolerance, understanding, respect and the achievement of many aspects of sustainable development,” he said.

The Secretary-General said he was pleased to send an expert team of independent observers from the Commonwealth to observe the recent elections led by former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

“I look forward to receiving the team’s report with its findings and recommendations and to the opportunity to discuss them with you,” he said.

Patricia Scotland said, ‘I look forward to welcoming you to Marlborough House in London and to meeting you at the next week-long Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa on 21 October 2024.’

He concluded: ‘I wish you all the best.’


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